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Game Preview: Sacramento Kings at Orlando Magic

2013 December 21

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*** Update 5:53 – Jacque Vaughn has altered his starting lineup and has decided to bring Victor Oladipo off the bench. Tobias Harris will take his place with the starters.

Jameer Nelson was also rather sick this morning and will most likely not play big minutes, which could also factor into bringing Victor off the bench. ***

The Orlando Magic came back and took a fourth quarter lead against the Utah Jazz Wednesday night, but ultimately came up short, falling to the Jazz 86-82. The Sacramento Kings were last in action Friday when they were defeated 122-103 by the Miami Heat.

*** Check out interviews from this morning’s shootaround from Jacque Vaugh, Arron Afflalo, Nik Vucevic and Tobias Harris***

The Magic are now 8-18 while the Kings are 7-18.

The Magic rank 24th in offensive rating (98.5), 14th in defensive rating (102.2) and play at the league’s 13th-fastest pace (97.00). The Kings are 18th in offensive rating (101.8) 27th in defensive rating (105.8) and play at the league’s 15th-fastest pace (96.45).

Tip-off from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida is scheduled for 7:00 pm EST and will be shown locally on FS Florida. As always, if you can’t watch the game, you can listen on the radio – in English on AM 580 WDBO and FM 96.5 and in Spanish on AM 1270 WRLZ.

The officials for tonight’s game are Ken Mauer, Marat Kogut and Michael Smith.

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The Line: Orlando – 3.5 (204)

Starters:

Sacramento Kings

DeMarcus Cousins
Jason Thompson
Rudy Gay
Ben McLemore
Isiah Thomas

Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
Glen Davis
Tobias Harris
Arron Afflalo
Jameer Nelson

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  • Arron Afflalo was inactive Wednesday due to a mysterious illness but will return. Tobias Harris started in his place Wednesday.
  • E’Twaun Moore is OUT with a thigh contusion – aka, his leg is bruised too badly to play.
  • Carl Landry continues to sit out after having left hip surgery.

Kings Resources:

A Royal Pain
Bleed Black and Purple
Cowbell Kingdom
Sacramento Bee
Sactown Royalty
The Kings Blog

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